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Daniel Lanois

"I want to leave something behind that means something," Daniel Lanois told Rolling Stone' s James Henke, explaining his singular approach to life and record making. "Am I going to follow my own ideas and philosophies, or am I just going to fall in the rut of doing rubbish for the sake of making a living?" Lanois's decision to follow a more meaningful approach led him from recording groups in a homemade studio in the 1970s to forging a partnership with avant-garde producer Brian Eno in the early 1980s to producing some of the best-known—even legendary—acts in popular music, including U2, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, the Neville Brothers, and Bob Dylan.

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Jon Hassell: Words with the Shaman

Read "Jon Hassell: Words with the Shaman" reviewed by Chris May

Jon Hassell is best known as the creator of Fourth World music, an acoustic-electronic blend of jazz, minimalism, drone, ambient, traditional African and Asian instruments and harmolodic signatures. Hassell has defined Fourth World as “serious music with transcultural appeal and a smile." He unveiled the concept on his debut album, Vernal Equinox (Lovely Records), in 1977. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Hassell / Farafina: Flash Of The Spirit

Read "Flash Of The Spirit" reviewed by Chris May

The trumpeter and keyboard player Jon Hassell is often labelled a practitioner of ambient music. This is a misconstruction resulting mainly from Hassell's encounters with Brian Eno, who is widely perceived as ambient's originator. Hassell's oeuvre, a technologically enabled fusion of western and non-western musics which he calls Fourth World, is a wholly different kettle of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allison Au Quartet: Wander Wonder

Read "Wander Wonder" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based, Juno Award-winning alto saxophonist Allison Au and her quartet present their follow-up to 2017's Forest Grove (Self Produced) with Wander Wonder. The set of all Au originals--with keyboardist Todd Pentney co-writing “Force Majeur"--opens with a translucent dreamscape, “The Valley," that sounds like something that Daniel Lanois might have cooked up. The quartet follows up this ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 22018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Various Venues, Montréal, Canada June 29-July 3, 2018 Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

SUSS: Ghost Box

Read "Ghost Box" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The members of the band SUSS describe the music on their album Ghost Box as “psychedelic ambient country instrumentals." Fair enough, but ambient music fans will certainly recognize the sound from the country-influenced tracks on ambient pioneer Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (E.G. Records, 1983)--featuring Daniel Lanois' pedal steel guitar playing--as well as Lanois albums ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

PunktFestival 2017

Read "PunktFestival 2017" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norvegia Varie sedi 31.8-2.9.2017 Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

Goodbye to Language

Label: Anti-
Released: 2016
Track listing: Low Sudden; Time On; Falling Stanley; Blue Diamond; Deconstruction; Satie; Three Hills; The Cave; Heavy Sun; East Side; Later that Night; Suspended.

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris

Read "The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris" reviewed by Doug Collette

Various Artists The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris Rounder Records 2016 When Emmylou Harris truly began her solo career, after working with the late Gram Parsons upon recommendation from Chris Hillman, she quite quickly transcended the s 'cosmic American music' created by the former member of the Byrds and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Daniel Lanois: Goodbye to Language

Read "Goodbye to Language" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Consistently imaginative, producer, guitarist and sonic explorer Daniel Lanois has long been hailed not only as a studio wizard but as a gifted musician with a definite and unabashed affinity for experimentation and the avant-garde. Lanois is lauded for many things and among those is his uncanny ability to create wonderful music and ambiances from minimal ...


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